We are no longer in a recession or depression this has become the new reality. President Obama today was saying that the economy is growing and people are back to work, and I look around our area and wonder where? I would like to know where all this growth is, because my husband and I would be willing to leave the town that we grew up in all of our lives to find a more financially secure future for our family.
There are jobs here, possibly more than there has been in the last few years, but the problem is they are minimum wage jobs with no benefits. By no benefits I mean medical coverage because many people here are willing to work holidays and weekends. People are willing to work extra hours but it just isn’t here.
My daughter is on our insurance. She is 23 and works 2 jobs, just barely above minimum wage jobs with no benefits. She looked into Obama Care and it would cost her more than she earns to get it. My daughter is lucky, she has our insurance to fall back on, but many people don’t. The funny thing is, that really makes me angry, is that people who don’t have insurance are punished on their taxes. THESE are the people that don’t have the money to purchase insurance and we’re going to penalize them???!!!???? This makes no sense. I’m not making this into an Obama Care post (honest) but I do want to add that since its implementation we pay more for our coverage and have a higher deductible. Not by a little but by thousands that we do not have.
Winter is coming here and the heating oil, natural gas, propane and wood have all gone up in recent years, and while it has come down a little, it’s not enough. Many pay $800 a month to heat their homes. People aren’t keeping their homes at a comfortable 70 degrees, no, many are at 65 or 60 degrees. Think about this a minute, think about earning minimum wage and $800 a month of that has to towards heat, which is almost what rent is here a month too for a one bedroom apartment. Then you have to pay for medical coverage that doesn’t pay for everything, so you’ll have copays and deductibles too. Add to that food, water, lights etc and you can see what I’m talking about.
So these, they say are uneducated people. I would like to disagree (my husband and my daughter have full degrees, I’m lacking 2 classes for my bachelors). Many people that live here are college educated and still can’t find work with a living wage. You can’t get a job where none are offered. In the late 70s and early 80s people fled from Michigan and moved to Texas and Arizona for jobs, but when they got there found things were no better there than in Michigan. So you can excuse me when I’m skeptical of moving and actually thinking that the grass is greener somewhere else.
So now we’re stuck with Dumb and Dumber for candidates. Never in our country’s history have we had such a crappy pick. So my question is do we stick with what we have meaning the Democrats or do we switch to the possibility of something better meaning the Republicans? Things that would normally go into choosing who to vote for aren’t there. I don’t care that she’s a woman or that he is anti abortion. I care about who is going to fix this country and give us an economy we can live with. I don’t want to be rich, I simply want to have enough.